The University of Bahrain Ph.D. program in ESD focuses on involvement in sustainable systems, including the creation of products and services using processes that are non-polluting, conserving energy and natural resources, economically viable, and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers. The Ph.D. program in Environment and Sustainable Development equips students with diverse knowledge and perspectives to answer important concerns about environmental problems facing inhabitants of the planet. The program provides students with the necessary tools and techniques to achieve deep understanding of the fundamental principles of environmental science and sustainability. Nearly all colleges at the University of Bahrain will be engaged in this program since the program adopts an interdisciplinary approach to solving intractable sustainability problems. The program’s curriculum emphasizes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 with emphasis on the environmental. Students in the program will have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary faculty and researchers in numerous research fields. Additional partners include United Nations University, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP).

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Program Objectives


  • Training of highly qualified policy decision-makers and environmental managers who will be involved in assessments and the design and implementation of environmental policies.
  • Providing advanced scientific training to allow students to identify and analyze the problems of sustainability, provide answers, and design and implement innovative solutions based on multidisciplinary research.
  • Participating in national and international research teams, thereby facilitating students’ integration into the global network of scientists in overlapping fields of study.
  • Enabling students to develop new companies and businesses, particularly by promoting the link between ESD activities and the economic and business work environments



Program Structure (75 Credits)


University Requirements Courses (12 credits)

ESD 791

Applied Research Methods

ESD 792

Applied Statistical Techniques

ESD 793

Special Topics and Reading

ESD 794

Graduate Seminar

Program Requirements: SDGs (9 Credits)

ESD 795

Sustainable Development Goals I

ESD 796

Sustainable Development Goals II

ESD 797

Sustainable Development Goals III

Research Project (54 Credits)

ESD 798

PhD Thesis